Thursday, January 18, 2018

19/01/2018: Global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems

From the 5th - 8th December 2017, the Global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems was held in Siem Reap, Cambodia. 

Through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world has committed to ending all forms of malnutrition. Reorienting food systems across all actors and levels, towards improving nutrition outcomes (nutrition-sensitive food systems) is central to achieving this goal, as was recognised in the second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) Framework for Action and further strengthened by the declaration of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025.

The CGIAR has also committed to improvements in food and nutrition security with specific targets for increasing dietary diversity of women and reducing micronutrient deficiencies up to 2030. Fish is uniquely placed to contribute to this goal, yet has received inadequate attention in debates on nutrition-sensitive food systems.

In the video below, Dr Hamady Diop, Head of Natural Resources Governance Food Security and Nutrition, NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) Agency speaks to the importance of fish as a tool for development in Africa.

A wide range of youtube videos relating to the global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems is available on the World Fish youtube channel, HERE.

Visit the global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems website, HERE.

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19/01/2018: Opportunities are within industry’s grasp but uncertainty grows, says NOAH’s second Brexit Barometer

Lack of Government progress contributes to increasing uncertainty surrounding the Post-Brexit future of the animal medicines industry 

NOAH’s second Brexit Barometer report has revealed that animal medicines businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about the future of the industry post-Brexit. Increasing levels of complexity and a lack of Government progress overall were found to bekey contributors to the rising concerns.

However, the findings revealed that despite an increase in levels of uncertainty compared to the previous Brexit Barometer in May 2017, the industry is by no means losing hope. NOAH’s Brexit Conference, held in November 2017, where the sentiment survey in the second Barometer was undertaken, revealed many areas of convergence and ways in which organisations and stakeholders across the sector are already working together to achieve a successful Brexit.

The changing sentiment was tracked across the same six lenses: animal health and welfare, public health and food production, trade and investment, R&D and innovation, bringing new products to market and post-licensing controls for the overall market. Key findings include:

- Public health and food production remains the most optimistic of the six areas overall with over a third (38%) feeling ‘optimistic’ or ‘very optimistic’
- More than a third (39%) now feel ‘optimistic’ or ‘very optimistic’ in comparison to 30 percent previously with regard to bringing a product to market
- Trade and exports continue to be a cause for concern with almost a quarter of respondents (23%) now feeling ‘very pessimistic’ in comparison to zero percent who previously felt this negative.

NOAH also gathered feedback from delegates on the level of progress the industry feels is being made by Government against each of the topics, which revealed an increasingly negative sentiment. 84 percent considered that Government is not progressing well with negotiations overall with additional key findings as below:

- 85 percent considered that in terms of bringing a product to market negotiations are not progressing well or even progressing at all
- A close second in terms of limited progress was the trade and exports topic with only 20 percent reporting that progress is going well or reasonably well
- The topic of animal health and welfare in the UK elicited the most positive response with almost half (45%) believing it is progressing reasonably well or well.

NOAH Chief Executive Dawn Howard commented, “Our second Brexit Barometer report paints a picture of growing uncertainty, which we as an industry need to address. Whilst Government progress is a major contributor to the rising concerns, we cannot be complacent and simply wait for action from Government. Following our November conference, we undertook additional research with our members that revealed what the current landscape means to their customers and what they should do in response. The overriding sentiment as we enter the ‘post-divorce’ stage is that avoiding a ‘hard Brexit’ would present us with opportunities that we can capitalise upon and an optimistic undertone came through. We all recognise that there are steps that as an industry we can take and it is very reassuring to see convergence across our member organisations already taking shape. “Recognising key areas of concern is of paramount importance so that we are ready to take action to achieve success within these areas. Safeguarding a skilled workforce, championing the UK jobs market and looking ahead to what may be in store with regard to regulatory changes and licensing frameworks are all possible even at this early stage. We will continue to work closely with our members and stakeholders to ensure that we make Brexit as successful as we possibly can for the animal medicines industry.”

The next Brexit Barometer will be launched in summer 2018.

For more information visit the NOAH website, HERE.

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19/01/2018: Registration opens for AFIA’s feed industry institute

The American Feed Industry Association has opened registration for its biennial Feed Industry Institute (FII), happening June 11-14 in St. Louis, Missouri

The conference, which has been held every other year since merging with the National Feed Ingredients Association in 1992, brings together roughly 125 individuals in the industry to learn the basics of the animal food manufacturing process – from the types of foods used to the animals served to federal policies that shape the output of the industry.

“The Feed Industry Institute is ideal for people who are new to the livestock feed or pet food industry, as it provides a good overview of animal health and nutrition,” said Paul Davis, Ph.D., AFIA’s director of quality, animal food safety and education. “Throughout the four-day educational program, industry experts share practical information and best practices for attendees. Our goal is that attendees not only understand how to manufacture high-quality animal food, but why doing so is so essential for animal productivity and well-being.”

The 2018 FII will include an overview of the US feed industry, animal physiology and nutrition basics, information on the types of ingredients used in animal food and why, the role of medications and other additives in animal food, and various processing techniques. It will also look at agriculture’s role in building consumer trust, the role of international trade and provide an overview of state and federal regulations.

The full agenda can be found on the event’s website, HERE

In addition to the educational program, there will be a reception on Monday, June 11, and a networking outing to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on Wednesday, June 13. The baseball outing is an additional $50 and includes a ticket to the game and $25 worth of “Cardinal bucks” to be used for food and drinks in the stadium. 

AFIA encourages people to register between now and March 30 to receive the discounted rate of $650 for AFIA members and $800 for non-members. The AFIA member rate includes a $100 discount for registering online. Fees will increase April 1.

For more information about FII and to register, visit the event’s website, HERE or contact Connie Samuels, AFIA’s manager of meetings and events, at (703) 558-3573.

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FAMSUN company profile

Muyang Co, Ltd recently announced changing its brand name from Muyang to FAMSUN starting May 2014. This move is prompted by the idea of better illustrating the company’s business and the farm-to-table industry chain it serves. It is consistent with Muyang’s global strategy and its aim of becoming an integrated solution provider in the agro-industry.

FAMSUN originates from “famous, farm, family, sun and union”; it implies Muyang Co, Ltd’s development concept and vision, which is to build a green and healthy supply chain from farm to table together with its customers and to convert traditional agriculture into a modern, profitable and sustainable business with its integrated solutions in feed manufacturing, grain milling, grain handling and storage, food processing, as well as industrial automation.

The creative design of the FAMSUN logo features a beveled letter “F”, a curvy letter “A”, a stretching letter “S” and a friendly letter “U”. It will be the only signage representing Muyang’s business, products, service and solutions. Meanwhile, the company will continue to operate in its current structure, provide follow-up service based on relevant agreement, and its business contacts will remain unchanged. 

Visit the website HERE.

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18/01/2018: Benchmark solution allows salmon farmers to delouse without affecting the environment

Image courtesy of - antonalfred @Flickr 
Caption - "Salmon farms - Salmon farms somewhere on Eysteroy"
CleanTreat cleanses the treatment water after delousing in well boats, and the water is clean before it is released back into the fjords. The solution allows salmon farmers to use medical treatments against sea lice without affecting the environment. 

Malcom Pye, CEO of Benchmark commented, "Chemical based bath treatments that are released into the fjords is one of the biggest objections to the salmon farming industry. CleanTreat solves this environmental challenge. 

The solution can be applied during delousing on regular well boats. 

Prevents resistant sea live
 Mr Pye continued, "CleanTreat is a purification unit that removes all medical components from the water before it is released back into the sea. It also prevents all removed live from returning to the sea, so that they will not spread resistance to the treatments."

 The solution will continuously be developed further together with the industry. The next step is scalable trials in partnership with Norwegian salmon farming companies. CleanTreat can be used with most licensed bath treatments. 

A tool box with sea lice solutions
 The aquaculture industry needs various solutions to be able to keep low levels of sea lice. 

Mr Pye explained, "The future lies in the preventative methods against sea lice, and Benchmark is currently developing such solutions. However, CleanTreat makes is possible to use medical treatments without affecting the environment in situations where is necessary, and until we have developed sufficient preventative methods."

A holistic approach to the challenge 
 Benchmark first started working with the aquaculture industry in 2004 through Fish Vet Group. Salmobreed, Stofnfiskur and INVE are also part of the Benchmark group. The aim is to find sustainable solutions to the industry's challenges.

Malcom Pye stated, "We have great faith in aquaculture as an important and efficient source for food in the decades to come. We are tackling the industry's challenges from many angles, such as breeding and genetics, fish health, advanced nutrition and knowledge services. That gives us the opportunity to find holistic solutions. 

He is optimistic regarding the industry's future, saying, "Aquaculture is a young industry. In our work with the agriculture sector we have also seen challenges that looked impossible at first glance. However, there are always solutions. It is only a question of time before we find them."

Read more here.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

18/01/2018: Offshore Mariculture Conference Asia 2018, final call for papers

There are just two days left to submit an abstract Abstracts using case and “real life” studies will be given precedence. Submit your abstract by 19th January 2018 at the latest.

Companies, organisations and individuals are invited to put forward papers in the following categories:
• Moving from inefficient “nearshore” production approaches to higher energy offshore/industrial approaches – success stories
• Zoning, licensing and security for offshore operations – service providers and linkages to regional and national governments
• Development of large scale hatcheries for production of large quantities of high quality fingerlings, including breeding advances and technology
• Netting the right offshore technology – cages, netting, monitoring systems
• Maximising the efficiency of your operation – need for high quality feeds and targeted nutrition
• Securing financial support for offshore ventures and joint venture approaches – investment case studies
• Marketing – identifying/targeting species and markets before production including requirements for standards and certifications

Abstracts using case and “real life” studies will be given precedence

Why speak at OMC Asia?
• An unprecedented platform for you to meet the next generation of medium/large scale aquaculture stakeholders in South East Asia
• Two daily coffee breaks and a lunch break provide a relaxed atmosphere to network outside the conference room
• Opportunity to take part in the technical visit to a fish farm where you can put your learning into practice

Submit an abstract to:

The 8th Offshore Mariculture Conference will be held in association with the US Soybean Export Council, USSEC, in Singapore, from May 15 - 17, 2018.

The conference will consist of 2 days of technical presentations and panel discussions from high level experienced operators in the sector. The event concludes with a technical visit to an operating farm, providing delegates with an insight into their inner workings.

Please call +44 1329 825 335 or email to contact the Events team.

For more information visit the Offshore Mariculture Conference Asia website, HERE.

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18/01/2018: Sustainable processing in the era of digital flows

Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials, has introduced a new customer-partnership approach that uses big data flows to reach unprecedented levels of processing efficiency

The company’s new Digital Service Group is turning IIoT connectivity into true business value, giving operators and managers the ability to make decisions with confidence.

“Bühler’s Digital Services Group brings another dimension to our partnerships with customers,” said Paul McKeithan, Head of Digital Services. “We’re going one step further, after engineering a pilot process, scaling it for mass production, and manufacturing and commissioning a technology solution. Access to data analytics from full time, real-time process monitoring means we can help customers make better decisions. We can help them act on information quickly and effectively, in ways that impact every aspect of business.”

Bühler now offers a dedicated team, with products and services that are helping customers move toward new avenues of growth. Comprised of hardware, software, cloud-based storage and ongoing process expertise, based on algorithms from decades of thermal processing experience, customers can achieve and sustain the most efficient drying operations ever.

“In today’s competitive marketplace, with economic and environmental conditions constantly changing, sustainable processing is aimed at meeting present needs without compromising future viability,” said Mr McKeithan. “It’s not just our corporate responsibility, sustainability directly relates to efficiency, minimising waste, finding cost-savings and new profitability. Our Digital Services Group gives customers the integrated operational connectivity they need to ensure business success.”

Digital services and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) are rapidly transforming processing operations with intuitive and intelligent analytical capabilities. In an increasingly connected digital world, seamless monitoring of end-to-end processing ensures consistency in product, efficient energy use and safe food production.

With data analytics that track and measure operational success, customers can make real time business decisions that impact the bottom line. Required changes can be immediate, saving valuable time needed for manual testing, while increasing a dryer’s yield. Even the smallest percentage gain can increase profitability.

A real-time management that achieves a net increase of just one percent in finished moisture can result in a return-on-investment increase of $300,000. This translates into an energy savings valued at $20,000 per year. Bühler Aeroglide’s total IIoT solution consists of intuitive analytics that enable the highest processing efficiencies, with products that answer real-time customer needs. For reliable moisture control, continuously monitoring and controlling moisture content of a product exiting the dryer means adjustments can be made immediately when needed.

For food safety, process monitoring with sensor-based technology gives users access to real-time log reduction data based on parameter sensors that send information to a program modelled to a particular process. Should a process change occur, the user is alerted so that the process can be stopped or diverted. For segments of the food and feed industries that rely on drying or roasting equipment for a kill step, this is a valuable solution for food safety validation.

Bühler’s Digital Services Group knows the power of data analytics. When customers are connected to processing expertise, viewed in real time via computer, phone, tablet or other web-connected devices, with cloud-based storage and custom dashboards providing the most critical data, they gain information they can use. The results can be transformative for business operations and the bottom line.

Visit the Bühler website, HERE.

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